Conference Speakers & Panellists 

Beau Newell

National Program Manager, Pride in Sport Australia

Presentation Title: LGBTI

Panel Discussion 1: Top three issues identified by the audience

Panel Discussion 2: Interaction with the panel and audience to identify the top five priorities on how sport can be more diverse and inclusive.

Beau Newell is the National Program Manager of Pride in Sport Australia, an Australian first sporting inclusion program specifically designed to assist sporting organisations (national, state, regional, elite, academies, foundations, and clubs) with the inclusion of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) employees, players, volunteers and spectators.

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In a world first, the Pride in Sport Index (PSI) is the first and only benchmarking instrument specifically designed to assess the inclusion of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex (LGBTI) people within Australian sport and sporting organisations. Participating in the index allows Australian sporting organisations to not only assess their own practice, but determine that which constitutes good practice, along with the ability to benchmark their own initiatives against an external measure and other sporting organisations.

Beau’s involvement in sport began at a young age as a player, referee, coach, selector and administrator of several sporting codes. He currently holds several positions in the sporting industry including Chairman/Director of a Regional Sporting Organisation, Life Membership of several associations and a consultant for volunteer management. In 2011, Beau founded NSW Sport & Event Management which has since grown into a powerhouse for business operational support of community sporting clubs across NSW. Having previously worked for a State Sporting Organisation and an Advisory Group member for an NSO, his knowledge and understanding of the sporting landscape is extensive. In the years leading into the Marriage Equality debate, Beau and his Partner pioneered LGBTI+ rights advocacy in regional and rural NSW becoming the spokesperson for many outspoken LGBTI+ individuals in country Australia which led to Beau being nationally recognised for his contribution for his LGBTI advocacy at the Australian Honour Awards.

Professor Clare Hanlon

Susan Alberti Women in Sport Chair, Victoria University

Facilitating: Launch and application of new diversity and inclusion resources from Sport Australia

 Clare is known for her pursuit of evidence, advocacy, and impact to community capacity building that breaks down barriers and increases opportunities for women as leaders and participants in sport and physical activity. 

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Sought to provide research and advice to international, national and state peak bodies including: co-leading the national policy framework for women in sport; creating a high level women in sport strategy for Sport Australia; a member on the Victorian Ministerial Inquiry for Women and Girls in Sport and Active Recreation; and an advisor for three State/Territory Governments on infrastructure, systems, and programs to encourage women and girls in sport.

Clare led the evaluation of local government policies and co-initiated projects in South East Asian Regions to build capacity of sport organisations to empower women.

In recognition of creating change, Clare was inducted into the Victorian Women’s Honour Roll (2018), recognised as a Change our Game role model by the Victorian Minister for Sport (2016) and a chapter was dedicated to her in the book Oceania inspirational women: Making a difference in physical education, sport and dance.

A Director of Gymnastics Australia and of the Oceania Gymnastics Union, Clare is also a member on the VicHealth Physical Activity Taskforce.

John McCallum

Chief Executive Officer, National Seniors Australia

Presentation Title: Seniors

Kate Schildberger

Deputy General Manager, Integrity Sport Australia

Presentation 2: The provision of resources – Supporting sport and physical activity providers in their development of a diverse and inclusive environment.

Presentation 3: The scope and definition of a diverse and inclusive environment – Explored from an Australian perspective for our sport and physical activity communities.

Laura Menzies

Diversity and Inclusion Co-Lead, Sport New Zealand

Presentation Title: Disability


Melanie Fineberg

Manager, Social Marketing – VicHealth

Presentation Title: Women from culturally diverse backgrounds

Melanie is a passionate marketing communications professional with almost 20 years’ experience in the government and not-for-profit sectors in Australia (Sydney, Perth and Melbourne) and in London.

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Melanie has spent her career leading teams to deliver a range of high-profile behaviour change campaigns.

From encouraging people to be safer on the roads and at work, to supporting people to make healthier choices and raising funds for life-saving research, Melanie’s goal has always been to have a positive impact on people’s lives.

 As Social Marketing Manager at VicHealth, Melanie is responsible for leading her team to design, develop and evaluate social marketing and awareness campaigns.

This has included creation of the highly successful This Girl Can – Victoria campaign which inspired more than 285,000 women to get active in its first year.

 Melanie has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Technology Sydney.